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Computing Facilities

The Department of Computer Science hosts more than 40 research labs with access 24-hours a day, 7 days a week; 2 open labs for graduate students; and a 135-seat open access lab for undergraduate students.

The labs consist of state-of-the-art, high-performance workstations and current generation desktop computers, all connected via gigabit Ethernet switches with a redundant 10 GbE up-link to provide fast access to the campus network and the Internet. Nine classrooms and one large lecture hall with the latest computer and audio-visual equipment are available.  Academic coursework, project, and computing systems are comprised of Linux x86_64, and Windows Server executing on a collection of computational hosts and private clouds. The cloud hosts are connected via 8/16Gb fiber channel and iSCSI to a thin-provisioned 440TB HPE 3PAR mesh-active storage array.

General Computing

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Location

ECSS 2.103 & 2.104

Access

All students currently enrolled in any course in the school of computer science (135 seats)

Machine Configurations

Dell OptiPlex 9030 All-In-One, i7-4790S Processor (8MB Cache, 3.2 GHz), 8GB RAM, Windows 10 64-bit; Dell OptiPlex 7440 All-In-One, i7-6700 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.4GHz), 16GB RAM, Windows 10 64-bit; 2 HP Laserjet M609 printers

Hours

Spring & Fall 
• 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. M-F
• 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sat/Sun
Summer 
• 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. M-F
• 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat/Sun

Location

ECSS 3.101

Access

All CS graduate students (15 seats) 

Machine Configurations

Dell Precision T3620, i7-6700 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.4GHz), 16GB RAM, 24″ LCD monitors, Windows 10 64-bit,
HP Laserjet 9040 printer

Hours

24/7/356, access with approved Comet cards
(Apply at CS department office at ECSS 4.908)

 

(Reserved for class only)

Location

ECSS 3.217

Access

All CS undergraduate/graduate students who are enrolled in Cloud Computing or Networking Lab (20 seats)

Machine Configurations

Cloud computing is comprised of 3 multi-node Open Stack clusters. 10 Networking Lab systems are custom built with the GNS3 Network Simulation platform on Linux.

Hours

24/7/356, access with Comet cards
(Apply at CS department office at ECSS 4.908)

Network Programming VMs

Access: All CS students enrolled in network programming and parallel processing courses (45 systems)
UTD network: SSH netxx.utdallas.edu (For ‘xx’ from 01 to 45)
Platform Configuration: Linux –  CentOS 7.4 x86_64

CS1

Access: CS Undergraduate Students
Internet access: SSH
UTD network: log in with XDMCP or SSH cs1.utdallas.edu
Platform Configuration: Linux – CentOS 7.4 x86_64, Dell PowerEdge R720
w/2 six-core 2.3GHz Intel Xeon, 256GB RAM

CS2

Access: All CS students
Internet access: SSH
UTD network: log in with XDMCP or SSH cs2.utdallas.edu
Platform Configuration: Linux – CentOS 7.4 x86_64, Dell PowerEdge R720
w/2 eight-core 2.2GHz Intel Xeon, 256GB RAM

CSGRADS1

Access: All CS Graduate and PhD Students
Internet access: SSH
UTD network: Log in with SSH csgrads1.utdallas.edu
Platform Configuration: Linux – CentOS 7.4 x86_64 Dell PowerEdge R720 w/2 eight-core 2.2GHz Intel Xeon, 256GB RAM

Mathematica 7 For Linux

Access: All CS students
Internet access: SSH
UTD network: login with XDMCP or SSH cs1.utdallas.edu or SHH cs2.utdallas.edu
Mathematica Help: Xmanager

Oracle 12

Access: All CS students
UTD network: access with SSH or standard Oracle clients
csoracle.utdallas.edu, Instance Name=student
Oracle Help

 

Oracle Help

Note

You MUST connect to UTDs Cisco AnyConnect VPN if you are trying to connect remotely (from either the residencies or off-campus).

 

Creating a User Account

1.  Log into “csoracle.utdallas.edu”, using an ssh client.

2.  At the command prompt, execute /usr/local/bin/oam.pl

  • The program will display the login, and prompt for a password. No special characters may be used – only upper and lowercase alpha and numeric.
  • Make sure the program exits successfully, check for any errors.

 

The Development Environment

Oracle fully supports and encourages the use of SQL Developer for Oracle Database 12g.

The Computer Science Lab Manager will troubleshoot Oracle problems only from within the SQL Developer environment.

SQL Developer is installed in the ECS Open Access Lab on all Windows computers. To install SQL Developer on your personal computer, the free download is available at http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/sql/index.html.

 

Windows SQLDeveloper

1.  Open SQL Developer from the Start Menu.

2.  To connect to Oracle using SQLDeveloper, Right-click Connections, then click New Connection.

  • Enter a Connection Name, then enter the username and password
  • Set Role is default
  • The connection type is basic
  • The hostname is csoracle.utdallas.edu
  • The port is 1521
  • The SID is student.
  • Click test; the status should show up as Success.
  • Connect

 

 

Linux SQLDeveloper

1.  X must be enabled to use this application: either with an XDMCP session to an available server;

or export your display from an ssh session with X tunneling.

For example:

{cslinux0:~} export DISPLAY=10.176.11.118:0.0

2.  Sqldeveloper is available on the CS Linux systems in the binary folder.

{cslinux0:~} which sqldeveloper

/usr/local/bin/sqldeveloper

{cslinux0:~} sqldeveloper

 

3.  To connect to Oracle using SQLDeveloper, right-click Connections, then click New Connection.

  • Enter a Connection Name, then enter the username and password
  • Set Role is default
  • The connection type is basic
  • The hostname is csoracle.utdallas.edu
  • The port is 1521
  • The SID is student.
  • Click test; the status should show up as Success.
  • Connect

Hadoop Big Data Cluster

A nine node virtualized hadoop cluster and a four node virtualized cassandra cluster provide a next-generation software laboratory for both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the big data course.  These nodes utilize the department’s storage area network to provide a high-performance data transaction environment.  Using bleeding edge versions of hadoop, hive, pig, spark, and mahout students learn to grapple with potentially unstable “beta” software.

The Department also maintains a general-purpose private cloud of VMware vSphere 6.0 operating on 7 ESX hosts with dual 12-core processor 512GB RAM hosts interconnected by a redundant 8/16GB fiber channel SAN fabric. This provides infrastructure systems for the Computer Science Deptartment, academic VMs for a multiplicity of courses and services, fast deployment test instances, and on-demand instances for Sr. Design projects.

Network Security courses server cloud
VMware vSphere 7 executing on 4 processors of 12-core Xeon, 256GB RAM, and four 8GB redundant fiber channel SAN connections.

 

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In addition to the above labs, CS students also have access to the UTDesign Studio that is equipped with modern computing facilities and equipment with more than 30,000 square feet of dedicated space, where students and corporate partners can create, innovate, design, build, and learn.

Further information on the UTDesign Studio can be found here.